Category Archives: Society 社会

2022: China Protests and Retribution

This poem which appeared at Tsinghua University is circulating online in China. Many dots are added around the Chinese characters, apparently to frustrate the character recognition software that online censors used to scrub the Chinese networks clean. I found the … Continue reading

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2022: Focus Development on People, Not the West

Hu Xuefeng, Director of Wuhan University Chinese Rural Governance Research Center, suggests shifting the policy focus of “Develop the West” to a policy of “Develop the People”. He outlines the shortcomings and waste of the Develop the West policy and … Continue reading

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1997: Qian Ning on “Studying in America” 留學美國

I wrote this brief summary translation about Qian Ning’s Studying in America 留學美國. Qian’s book was later translated into English when I was working in the Environment, Science and Technology Section of U.S. Embassy Beijing. It is interesting as one … Continue reading

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2022: PRC Demographer Yuan Xin: Low Fertility Challenge Calls for Policy Response

See also related translations: 2022: PRC Fertility: Cash Short and Child Poor? 2021: PRC Analysts: Population Aging, Declining Fertility Make PRC Family/Fertility Policy Change Imperative 2021: Private Out, State Further “In” as Chinese Education Focuses on the Family 2021: Liang Jianzhang: Too Many … Continue reading

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Xi Jinping’s Chinese Melting Pot

National and sometimes national chauvinist thinking has been natural to many people in the West for the past several centuries. Allegiance to a nation is expected to supercede allegiance to one’s ethnic group and locality in service to a nation-state. … Continue reading

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PRC Governance: Proverb and Policy — Policies Above, Countermeasures Below

Articles from the Baidu online encyclopedia sometimes provide intriguing refractions of social reality and the difficulty the PRC Party and the PRC state have in implementing Central Committee and central government policies in measures in their vast, complex and surprisingly … Continue reading

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Rightist Memoir XXII: A Model Communist Murders His Wife

You can read the first thirty pages of my translation of Kong Lingping’s Blood Chronicle and links to previously posted installments of Kong’s memoir Blood Chronicles 血纪. Previous installment: Rightist Memoir XXI: The Privileged 8.3.3 The Model Communist Zhang Jianbo In 1969, a discipline and … Continue reading

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Rightist Memoir XX: Lin Biao’s Flight and Aftermath from Kong Lingping’s “Bloody Chronicles”

You can read the first thirty pages of my translation of Blood Chronicle and links to previous posted installments of Kong’s memoir Blood Chronicles 血纪 Previous installment: Rightist Memoir XIX: “The Execution of Chen Li” from Kong Lingping’s Bloody Chronicles 8.3.3   The Shock … Continue reading

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Rightist Memoir XIX: “The Execution of Chen Li” from Kong Lingping’s Bloody Chronicles

Excerpt from my translation from Kong Lingping’s Blood Chronicle. I knew Kong Lingping when I worked in Chengdu. The story of the political prisoner Chen Li who was executed at the beginning of Mao’s Cultural Revolution.  I am one third … Continue reading

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